The Los Angeles Diaries: A Memoir

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Harper Collins, Sep 7, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages

Plagued by the suicides of both his siblings, heir to alcohol and drug abuse, divorce, and economic ruin, novelist James Brown lived a life clouded by addiction, broken promises, and despair. Beautifully written and limned with dark humor, these twelve deeply confessional, interconnected chapters address personal failure, heartbreak, the trials of writing for Hollywood, and the life-shattering events that finally convinced Brown he must "change or die."

 

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Contents

Fire
1
Snapshot
19
Daily Rushes
41
My Papas Waltz
55
The Facts
61
Personal Effects
117
On Selling a Novel to Hollywood
137
A Fine Place
147
South Dakota
195
Acknowledgments
201
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About the author (2004)

James Brown is the author of several novels including Lucky Town and Final Performance. He has received the Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in fiction writing and a Chesterfield Film Writing Fellowship from Universal/Amblin Entertainment. His writing has been featured in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Denver Quarterly and New England Review. He lives with his family in Lake Arrowhead, California.

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